Split to Hvar

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Note: During the winter season in Croatia, ferry services run less regularly. You can visit the booking websites discussed in this article to check the updated availability.

What to expect when visiting Hvar

Hvar is one of the most popular party islands in the world, but world-class clubs are only one of the many great things you can enjoy on Hvar Island.

Hvar is a beautiful blend of culture, tradition, Venetian architecture, and Greek agriculture. It’s hard to pick which part we like best! From its picturesque lavender fields to the ancient fortresses, there is so much to explore on Hvar Island.

The most common jump-off point to reach Hvar Island is with the ferry from Split. The island itself though has a few entry points: Hvar town, Stari Grad, and Jelsa.

Some of our favourite activities in Hvar

Before you leave Split

Are you a big fan of Games of Thrones? Then it’s probably no news to you that several scenes of this series were shot in the city of Split. With a Games of Thrones tour, you will not just get a tour of the city. The guide will reveal some interesting insights about the series and show you places where the series was filmed, including the cellars of Diocletian’s Palace.

Also, if it’s not on your bucket list yet: The Krka waterfalls are one of Europe’s most beautiful waterfalls and are located just a 1.5-hour drive from Split. A taxi is unfortunately very pricy, but there are cheaper options available. This popular full-day tour takes you to Krka National Park for just €28, including a stop in the small town of Primosten. This town offers a great beach where, unlike the KrKa waterfalls, you can take a refreshing dip in the water.

How to get from Split to Hvar Island

The distance between Split and Hvar is 60 km. The best way to travel from Split to Hvar is a 50–minute ferry with fares from 145 KN (€19). Other options are by catamaran (1hr 5m), by car ferry via Stari Grad (2.5 hours), by ferry via Jelsa (2 hours), or by private transfer (1hr 10m). Rates range from 130 KN (€17) to 3,800 KN (€500).

Direct ferries from Split to Hvar

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Kapetan Luka Ferry50 minutes145 KN (€19)Check Ferry Tickets
Jadrolinija Ferry1hr 5m130 KN (€17)<br>(no seat guarantee)Read article for more info
Private Group Transfer1hr 10m3,800 KN (€500)Check Private Transfers

The high-speed ferry of Kapetan Luka is our recommended option to get from Split to Hvar. If you book online, your seat is guaranteed and you do not have to wait in the line to get your ticket at the harbour. The fast ferry from Kapetan Luka takes you to Hvar in 50 minutes, and a ticket costs 145 KN (€19).

Another alternative to travel to Hvar is the slightly slower ferry (catamaran) from Jadrolinija. However, tickets booked with Jadrolinija do not guarantee a seat on the boat. They work with a full=full system, and it’s possible that you cannot go with the desired boat even though you booked a ticket.

An option when coming from the airport is a private transfer to Hvar, but this option is best for those travelling in a group. It includes a minivan and motorboat ride reserved just for your group. You can get a private transfer from Split to Hvar Island for 3,800 KN (€500) for a group of up to 8 people.

Indirect connections from Split to Hvar

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Car Ferry via Stari Grad 2hrs
+ 30m to Hvar Town
326 KN (€43) +<br>55 KN (€7) ppCheck Jadrolinija website
Ferry via Jelsa 1.5hr
+ 30m to Hvar Town
63 KN (€8) +<br>
370 KN (€49) taxi fare
Check Jadrolinija website

Are you travelling by car? The only way to get from Split to Hvar by car is through Stari Grad. This town on Hvar Island is the oldest town in Croatia and is located about 20 km northeast of the town of Hvar. Tickets for this car ferry from Split to Hvar cost 55 KN (€7) per person and 326 KN (€43) for the car.

Another possibility to reach the island of Hvar via the north coast is via the town of Jelsa. Tickets for this ferry from Split to Jelsa cost only 63 KN (€8), but the taxi ride to Hvar Town costs at least 370 KN (€49). This option is only worth considering if the direct Split to Hvar ferries are fully booked.

Organized tours to Hvar Island

Trip OperatorScheduleCost
Day Trip with BookAway07:30-18:30995 KN (€130)
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Day Trip with GetYourGuide07:30-18:30700 KN (€92)
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Night Trip with GetYourGuide (up to 12 ppl)18:30-04:30715 KN (€94)
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If staying a few days on the island of Hvar is difficult to fit into your holiday, there is still the option to visit Hvar as a day trip from Split.

Prepare yourself though, as with a full-day tour, your day will be packed to get to see the most of Hvar and the surroundings. With a day tour, you will depart in the early morning with the ferry from Split to Hvar and make a stop at the various highlights around Hvar during the day.

Day tours from Split cost around 100 euros per person, including entrance to the famous “Blue Caves.”

Want to visit the Blue caves from Hvar with a day tour? Then you can book this a Blue Cave day tour with tickets from 700 KN (€92). This tour comes with an extra visit to Vis island.

In the party mood? You can also book a private 10-hour night tour for a group of 12. This tour costs 715 KN (€94) per person. Click on the links to see where the tours stop.

Do you plan on visiting Hvar for just a day or a night? You can choose from a number of organised tours from Split to Hvar Island. Day trips take around 10-11 hours with rates starting from 700 KN (€92). If partying is your thing, you can book a private 8-hour night tour for a group of 12, with rates at 715 KN (€94) per person.

Itinerary of Split – Hvar ferries

Direct Ferry from Split to Hvar Town

Duration: 50 minutes
Cost: 145 KN (€19)
Duration: 50 minutes
Cost: 145 KN (€19)

The fastest and easiest way for passengers to get from Split to Hvar is with the catamaran ferry of Kapetan Luka or Jadrolinija. These are the two main ferry operators that leave from Split Port and bring you straight to Hvar Town.

Split Port is conveniently located in the centre of Split, about 2 km from the Split train station.

Book your ferry ticket from Split to Hvar in advance during high season (June-September)

For one of the most popular routes in Croatia, boat tickets for the route from Split to Hvar sell out quickly.

Croatia has become a very popular holiday destination in the last years (particularly Split and Zdar). Due to this steep increase in tourism, not only accommodations but also boat tickets for the route from Split to Hvar sell out quickly.

If you travel in the high season, we recommend that you reserve your tickets online 3-5 days in advance. If you book with BookAway, you can still cancel your tickets free of charge up to 24 hours before departure.

Prefer to buy your ticket at the harbour? In that case, line up at the port at least an hour before departure if you travel in the high season (June-September). We recommend going to the ticket office early in the morning to avoid waiting in the hot sun and increase the chances of getting a ticket on your desired departure time.

If you can’t board your desired ferry, you’ll have to wait for the next ferry from Split to Hvar.

Split to Hvar Fast ferry Schedule (2022)

Ferry CompanyDepartureCosts
Kapetan Luka07:40-08:40
145 KN (€19)
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Departure and arrival station

The ferries from Split to Hvar depart from the Split Ferry Port, which is just within walking distance from most hotels in the city centre.

They dock at the Harbour of Hvar in Riva. This harbour is located in the western part of Hvar island.

High-speed ferry of Kapetan Luka

The catamaran of Kapetan Luka is a comfortable ferry that brings you from Split to Hvar Island in around 50 minutes.

The Kapetan Luka ferry has 6 departures per day to Hvar Island, giving you several options in the morning and afternoon. You can book your tickets online with BookAway.

Check Kapetan Luka on BookAway

Alternative: Jadrolinija ferry

Another option is the ferry from Jadrolinija. This ferry is a few euros cheaper, but also takes a little longer and comes with a little less luxury. Tickets for Jadrolinija ferries start from 130 KN (€17).

This catamaran has 4-5 trips from 08:30 to 16:30. However, note that although you can book tickets for Jadrolinija online, this does not guarantee a seat on the boat you have booked. When you travel with Jadrolinija from Split to Hvar, the rule full=full applies.

We, therefore, recommend queuing at least an hour before the departure time and taking one of the early departures. If you miss the boat you have booked, you can always take a later boat to Hvar Island.

However, nobody feels like waiting half a day in the blazing sun for your boat. That is why we recommend that you spend a few euros more on Kapetan Luka’s catamaran, which guarantees a place on board.

Travelling during winter months?

Fewer ferries operate from Split to Hvar in the winter months, so make sure to double-check schedules a day or two prior to your trip. Kapetan Luka and Jadrolinija ferry services only depart 1-2 times a day in the low season.

It’s also worth noting that ferries aren’t allowed to sail during severe weather conditions. No need to worry about that during the summer months, though.

From May through October, blue skies and warm weather prevail. On the chance that your ferry cannot sail from Split to Hvar Island, you will have the option to take the next available ferry or receive a full refund.

Split to Hvar Ferry via Stari Grad (car ferry)

Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: 55 KN (€7) + 326 KN (€43) per car
Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: 55 KN (€7) + 326 KN (€43) per car

If you want to get from Split to Hvar with your car, then the direct ferry from Split to Hvar town is not an option.

Instead, you have to take the car ferry from Split to Stari Grad on Hvar Island’s northern coast. From there, you can travel 20 km by land to Hvar town centre.

Step 1: Split to Stari Grad by Car Ferry

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 55 KN (€7) per adult + 326 KN (€43) per car
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 55 KN (€7) per adult + 326 KN (€43) per car

Car ferries are available only in Stari Grad Ferry Port. This port is where you need to get to when travelling from Split to Hvar by car.

The ticket for the ferry route from Split to Stari Grad costs 55 KN (€7) per adult and 326 KN (€43) for a small car. This rate applies to a car less than 5m in length. For more vehicle prices, we recommend that you check the Jadrolinija website.

The journey to get from Split to Stari Grad takes 2 hours. This longer travel time is because the car ferry is considerably larger and cannot sail as fast as the fast ferry to Hvar town for example.

Split to Stari Grad ferry schedule (2022)

Ferry OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
Jadrolinija5x departures a day from
05:00 to 20:30
2 hours55 KN (€7) pp*
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*The quoted price is excluding the fee of 326 KN (€43) per car.

Step 2.1: Stari Grad to Hvar Town by Car

Duration: 30 minutes
Duration: 30 minutes

Hvar town is 22 km away from Stari Grad. From Stari Grad Ferry Port, it is a 30-minute drive to Hvar town.

For foot passengers: Stari Grad to Hvar town by Taxi or Bus

Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: 270 KN (€35.50)
Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: 270 KN (€35.50)

Are you taking this ferry not because you are travelling by car, but because the direct Split to Hvar ferry was fully booked? In that case, you can also travel from Stari Grad port to Hvar town by taxi.

Taxi rates start from 270 KN (€35.50) for the 30-minute ride. As with most tourist destinations, please be aware that taxi drivers on Hvar Island will try to charge higher prices. Make sure to negotiate a fixed price first before getting onboard.

If you’re not in a hurry, you can also take a bus to Hvar Town for 27 KN (€3.55). The bus ride takes just around 30 minutes, but departures aren’t as frequent. Bus trips have a 1-hour interval in the morning and 2 to 3-hour intervals in the afternoon and evening.

Ferry from Split to Hvar via Jelsa

Duration: 2hrs 10m
Cost: 63 KN (€8) + 370 KN (€49) for a taxi
Duration: 2hrs 10m
Cost: 63 KN (€8) + 370 KN (€49) for a taxi

Another way to reach Hvar town from Split is through Jelsa, a town northeast of Hvar Town. This is an option we only recommend if the direct ferries from Split to Hvar town are fully booked.

The journey between Split and Jelsa, Hvar will take 1 hour and 40 minutes. From Jelsa, it takes another 30 minutes to travel to Hvar Town.

Note that this option is also only available for foot passengers and is not a car ferry service.

Step 1: Split to Jelsa by Ferry

Duration: 1hr 40m
Cost: 63 KN (€8)
Duration: 1hr 40m
Cost: 63 KN (€8)

Jadrolinija operates the only ferry from Split to Jelsa. Travel time is 1 hour 40 minutes, and a ticket costs 63 KN (€8) per foot passenger.

This ferry takes longer because this catamaran makes a short stop at Bol on the island of Brac before heading to Jelsa on Hvar Island.

Split to Jelsa ferry schedule (2022)

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
Jadrolinija16:30-18:1063 KN (€8)
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Step 2: Jelsa to Hvar Town by Taxi

Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: 370 KN (€49)
Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: 370 KN (€49)

This ferry from Split will arrive on the north coast of Hvar Island. From here, Hvar town is located some 26 km southwest of Jelsa.

A 30-minute taxi ride is your only option to get from Jelsa to Hvar town. Fares start from 370 KN (€49).

Private Ferry from Split to Hvar Island

Duration: 1hr 10m
Cost: 3,800 KN (€500)
Duration: 1hr 10m
Cost: 3,800 KN (€500)

If you’re travelling in a group and coming from Split Airport, you can also consider taking a private transfer. This journey between Split and Hvar won’t be cheap, but at least it’s a very convenient option if you are in a group.

From Split Airport, a driver will transfer you via a minivan to the port, where you’ll then board a private speedboat from Split directly to Hvar town. The only thing you’ll need to do is present your passport or ID card to prove your identity.

BookAway offers a private speedboat from Split to Hvar Island that can accommodate up to 8 people. This private transfer costs 3,800 KN (€500) and the journey takes a little over an hour.

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Day or Night Trip from Split to Hvar

Duration: 8-11 hours
Cost: 700 KN (€92)
Duration: 8-11 hours
Cost: 700 KN (€92)

Joining organised group tours is also a popular activity to combine a visit to Split and Hvar, especially if you don’t plan to stay long on the island of Hvar.

Day tour from Split to the island of Hvar

Island-hopping as a day trip is a popular activity for travellers in Croatia. You’ll get to visit at least three other islands before or after exploring Hvar town with a guide.

There is a wide selection of tours you can choose from, each offering different inclusions. You can choose day tour ferries with snorkelling gear or a full-day catamaran cruise with snacks and drinks, among others.

Day trips begin at Split Harbour. Your next stop depends on which tour you take.

GetYourGuide offers a 10-hour tour from Split to Hvar with rates from 700 KN (€92) per person. If you want a guaranteed visit to the Blue Cave though, we recommend booking an 11-hour day trip with BookAway with rates from 995 KN (€130).

Night tour from Split to Hvar Island

Hvar is especially beautiful during the day, but it comes even more alive at night. This island that never sleeps is a favourite party destination – including Hollywood celebrities and British monarchs.

While day trips from Split to the island of Hvar involve island-hopping, night tours are all about club-hopping. Your ferry or motorboat will take you straight to Hvar Island, where you can have dinner before setting off on a night to remember.

Keep in mind that the minimum age for party tours is 18, so minors are not allowed.

You also need to confirm with your tour organiser beforehand what time you have to be back at the ferry because if you are not there at the designated time, they will leave you behind. We hope you’re not too drunk to find your way to the port though!

With GetYourGuide, you can book a private party tour from Split to Hvar Island for a group of 12 for 715 KN (€94) per person.

Tour rates and schedule

Trip OperatorScheduleCost
Day Trip with BookAway07:30-18:30995 KN (€130)
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Day Trip with GetYourGuide07:30-18:30700 KN (€92)
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Night Trip with GetYourGuide18:30-04:30715 KN (€94)
Check Night Trips

Opposite route: Hvar Island to Split

Looking for the opposite route? Check out here the ferry route from Hvar to Split.

FAQ How to get there

Frequently asked questions about travelling to Hvar from Split

What can I expect when visiting Hvar Island?

Hvar is popular for its vibrant nightlife, but there are also plenty of things to do here during the day. These include a variety of activities such as sailing, kayaking, and speedboat trips. Inland, you will enjoy its Venetian architecture, Greek agriculture, as well as its rich culture and tradition.

How long is the ferry ride from Split to Hvar?

The ferry ride from Split to Hvar takes about 50 minutes.

Are there any Game of Thrones filming locations in Split?

Yes, several scenes of the series were filmed in Split. You can explore these areas on your own or you can join a tour of the filming locations for Game of Thrones. This includes entry to the cellars of Diocletian’s Palace, as well as a knowledgeable guide.

For more info, check out our Top 18 Things to Do in Split.

How can I get from Split to Hvar with my car?

When travelling with a car from Split to Hvar, you can’t take a direct ferry. Instead, you can take a car ferry from Split to Stari Grad on the northern coast of Hvar. From here, it’s a 20-km drive to Hvar town centre.

What is an alternative route for getting from Split to Hvar if the direct ferry is fully booked?

The main port in Hvar is in Riva on the island’s southwest coast. If the direct ferries from Split to Hvar Harbour is fully booked, you can instead take a ferry from Split to Jelsa, which you can find northeast of Hvar Town. Keep in mind that this only for foot passengers. Total travel time is around 2 hours.

Our favourite places to stay in Hvar

Important: Tourism in Croatia is very seasonal. Much of the available accommodation in Croatia is fully booked in the summer, but many sites are closed in the winter months. With July and August being the peak season, rates can rise 3 times as high as compared the low season or shoulder months. We recommend booking your accommodation at least 1 month in advance to lock in better rates.

Apartments and Rooms Kampanel - Budget Friendly

Choose to stay here and you’ll be just 45 meters from the main square. You can’t really get much closer! Guesthouse Kampanel is set within a traditional Dalmatian stone house that was fully renovated only a few years ago.

The pops of colour, in amongst the predominately white rooms, give them a fresh and clean feel. Opt for a studio apartment and you’ll get your own kitchenette with a coffee machine and microwave.

  • In the centre, next to the main square
  • Close to the ferry port
  • Clean and modern rooms
  • Kitchenette rooms available

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Apartment Edi - Mid-Range

Only a 5 minute walk from both the beach and Hvar Old Town, Edi Apartments will add a splash of colour to your day. The rooms are spacious, clean and filled with bursts of colour.

The hosts are what really makes this place special as they welcome you into their guesthouse like family. They’re also known for giving you the best tips to make your trip even more amazing!

  • Friendly and helpful hosts
  • Great location
  • Colourful and clean rooms
  • BBQ facilities available

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Kampanel 10 - Mid-Range

Kampanel 10 looks and feels like a luxury boutique hotel, without the luxury price tag. Every detail of the room has been thought about, but it’s the velvet statement pieces that really complete the room.

Here you’re only a stroll away from Hvar main square which is brimming with bars and restaurants, and also the port. That’s if you can steal yourself away from the huge and comfy beds.

  • Great location
  • Close to the ferry
  • Stunning boutique hotel vibe
  • Friendly hosts

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Rooms and Apartments Villa Town Gate - Mid-Range

The location of these apartments makes them the perfect place to stay if you’re a foodie. Situated next to the main gate of Hvar’s Old Town, you’ll find here some of the best food spots in Hvar.

Set inside a traditional stone home, every room is spacious and clean. It won’t be easy to get out of the comfy beds each morning.

  • Perfect location
  • Family-run
  • Large, comfy beds
  • Helpful hosts

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History Hvar Design Heritage Suites - Treating Yourself

This place is just wow! You won’t be able to stop yourself from saying that when you step into this modern and charming suite. Every suite is large and offers a fully functional kitchen, if you fancy cooking during your stay.

You probably won’t want to cook though, as it’s moments away from bars and restaurants, plus Croatia’s most famous breakfast spot. Your hosts will be the cherry on top, offering a top-notch service and advice.

  • Modern and charming suites
  • Kitchen in every room
  • Great location
  • The best hosts

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